evo Ioane has won Samoa’s first gold medal at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.
The weightlifter’s success follows female weightlifter Sikolasitika Isaia’s performance where she won Samoa’s first medal at the Games.
The 16-year-old is a Chanel College student and has only been lifting just over a year.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork said he was surprised.
“We didn’t expect a medal from Sikolositika,” he said.
“It was tough but I was very impressed she came out and fought to win silver.”
The weightlifting coach says he expects Samoa to put on a great performance while in Vanuatu.
“We expect many more medals. Our aim is many Gold medals and we will strive to achieve it today and tomorrow,” he added.